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Morning take: Splitting Holmes and Ben

Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are sending a message by breaking up the Super Bowl-winning tandem of Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes. Holmes was traded to the New York Jets.

Morning take: Holmes and Roethlisberger kept the team in the news this offseason for the wrong reasons. The team was going to trade someone, and everyone knew it couldn't be the quarterback.

  • It appears the Cleveland Browns are looking defense in the first round of the NFL draft.

Morning take: Unless quarterback Sam Bradford somehow falls to No. 7, Cleveland should address the many needs on the defensive side of the football.

Morning take: This is certainly the year to do it. There are good 3-4 linemen available throughout the draft in various rounds, which is rare.

Morning take: Alexander's line blocked very well in the run game last season. But it must improve in pass protection for Cincinnati's offense to go to the next level.